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The Kid Known as “The One Boy USO” Reaches Out to Our Brave Soldiers Abroad
There are many of us who enjoy giving – we volunteer at local events, at places of worship, we donate money to hurricane victims or others in need, and work hard to get abandoned pets good homes. We strive to do a good job, and we feel pleased to see our hard efforts help others. Then we’ve done our good deeds for the year… Right?
Not exactly! When outreach and giving becomes a way of life – or a special mission – without a “completion date” in sight, it’s a sign that you have found the generous spirit inside that God wishes for every one of us to possess! One young man, who happens to be a Bridgeway student, has found that generous spirit. Meet Cody Jackson, a very special boy whose love for giving continues to grow with each passing year, and with every person he is able to touch with his personal venture.
According to Cody’s parents:
“Since Cody was 4, he has been very aware of the close relationship between our military and the wonderful freedom we enjoy. Since explaining the events of 9/11, Cody has felt the irresistible need to show his gratitude as often as he could. During the years, he has met countless men and women in uniform, retired, and veterans. Each holds a special place in his and his family’s heart. The kindness of strangers isn’t dead, it is alive and well, you just have to shake a hero’s hand to find it.”
Cody is currently accepting donations to help send care packages to deployed troops. He is also accepting letters, drawings, or anything to cheer up our troops (to include in the packages). All money Cody collects is used to send packages to the troops serving overseas. Most of the care packages Cody puts together are between 45 and 55 pounds, cost around $100 each and range between $40 – $60 in shipping fees. There are pictures and more detailed descriptions of what Cody puts in the boxes on his Facebook page.
Cody has even made the national news, with a guest spot on the Fox News Channel and a local channel on 9/11 to showcase his outreach efforts and how he is touching others. He has also published several books to talk about some of the lesser known facts about what makes this country great. He also shares some great activities with other kids.
Vietnam vets recognize boy, 9, for efforts
Nine-year-old Cody Jackson receives his chapter cap from Cumming Vietnam Veterans President Billy Darby. (click for larger version)
CUMMING, Ga. — A Buford third-grader was recognized by the Cumming chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America Dec. 3 for the youngster’s considerable work on behalf of America’s military.
In a ceremony conducted during the chapter’s regular monthly meeting, 9-year-old Cody Jackson was made an honorary member of Chapter 1030 and presented with a VVA cap by President Billy Darby.
The home-schooled boy began his regular travels to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to greet active duty military personnel as they travel to and from combat assignments in Afghanistan when he was just 4 years old. Thus far, he has met 12,000 of our men and women in uniform.
In addition, he has sent over 1,800 pounds of goods to soldiers assigned to the War on Terror.
Jackson even has a website, www.1boyuso.com, where he offers T-shirts and two books about what makes America a great country. Proceeds from the sale of the items help the young patriot to support his efforts on behalf of our military.
It all began five years ago when he asked his parents, "Why is it so hard to get on an airplane?" Ever since his parents explained as best they could about the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and the sacrifices of those in the armed forces, he was committed to do all that he could. In addition, he said he hopes that his books can help his peers become more patriotic and increase their understanding of the sacrifices made by deployed troops.
ONE BOY USO
This is a story of a young man that was obviously taught from the cradle what is right. If you haven’t heard of him yet, we recently picked up on the story of just a great kid from Atlanta, GA, Cody Jackson, that is doing his part, and then some, and is making a real difference.
The whole thing started while the family was embarking on a trip and passing through security when Cody was only 4 years old and he posed a simple question…"why is it so hard to get on a plane?" His parents rightfully felt that it was important to explain the events of 9/11 and the direction our nation has been on ever since. Apparently very bright even then, a light went on and Cody was fixed on a mission. He recognized that our men and women in uniform are the front line of our defense and he wanted to do something…anything to help; so he tried to volunteer at the USO. The USO told him to come back when he was 18, but a soldier that overheard the conservation said to him, "that’s alright, you don’t need them. you are your OWN USO."
And thus was born ‘Cody is his own USO.’ Cody doesn’t just thank every man and woman in uniform that he meets or sees, he decided to extend his reach via the internet; he does charity events, has attended Fishing For Freedom events, visits Veterans Homes, was asked to attend a Memorial at Fort Benning this September, and a Navy Retirement ceremony in August. All that barely scratches the surface of what Cody is up to; he plans on helping with Toys for Tots and makes himself available for events to shake the hands of our heroes. In case you missed it, he was on Fox and Friends on July 8th again, (the last time was back in December). You can view the July interview by following this link: http://1boyuso.com/cody-on-foxfriends-july-8th-2012/
When he’s not out spreading his message of thanks to our troops and vets, he is naturally writing and compiling books about it, (because what 9 year old isn’t)? Really, this super patriotic kid has just finished putting together a Patriotic Children’s Picture Book titled ‘Pint Sized Patriots, Standing Tall,’ just to follow up his first book titled ‘Pint sized Patriots Coloring and Activity Book,’ which is already available for purchase.
The idea is to instill his love and pride for our troops and nation into other children. Besides the books, there are also shirts available, (and I would venture that there may be other items down the road). All proceeds as well as donations are used STRICTLY for the packages he sends to deployed troops, and not the candy he hands out at the airport to returning troops.
Thus far, he has shipped over 1000 pounds to our troops. Already a very accomplished young man, my guess is that Cody is just getting started. We at The Patriots Press salute this remarkable young man and look forward to following him as he continues in his mission.
To learn more about Cody and how you can get involved, please visit his website at:
You may also visit his Facebook page at:
Join Cody the OneBoyUSO this weekend for the kickoff of Dollywood’s KidsFest 2012! Cody will be signing his new book "Pint Sized Patriots" Hope to see you there!
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